A novel shape transformation approach for quantizing facial expressions

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Abstract

In this paper, a novel methodology for facial expression rating is proposed, as the intensity of an emotion evolves from neutral to high expression. The face is modeled as a combination of sectors and their boundaries. An expression change in a face is characterised and quantified through a combination of non-rigid deformations. After elastic interpolation, this yields a geometry-based high-dimensional 2D shape transformation, which is used to register regions defined on query-faces. This shape transformation produces a vector-valued deformation field and is used to define a scalar valued Sector Volumetric Difference (SVD) function, which characterises and quantifies the facial expression. A two-stage expression classification is used with first stage detecting low, medim and high levels of expressions, and the second stage involving a HMM-classifier for recognizing six different facial emotions- anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise. Further, the proposed shape transformation approach is compared with marker based extraction method for extracting facial expression features. The performance evaluation done on a Italian audiovisual emotion database DaFex comprising facial expression data from several actors eliciting five different emotions - anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness and surprise at different intensities (low, medium and high), shows a significant improvement in expression classification for the proposed shape-transformation approach
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications DICTA 2008
EditorsAntonio Robles-Kelly
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages168-175
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780769534565
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventDigital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications DICTA 2008 - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 1 Dec 20083 Dec 2008

Conference

ConferenceDigital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications DICTA 2008
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period1/12/083/12/08

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    Chetty, G. (2008). A novel shape transformation approach for quantizing facial expressions. In A. Robles-Kelly (Ed.), Proceedings Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications DICTA 2008 (pp. 168-175). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/DICTA.2008.96